Little Forgiveness – Little Love

Luke 7:36-50,  And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. 37  And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38  And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 39  Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. 40  And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. 41  There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 42  And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 43  Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 44  And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 45  Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 46  My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 47  Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 48  And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 49  And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? 50  And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

Forgiveness is the highway that delivers all of the rich blessings belonging to an adopted child of God.  I was reflecting on the above story, and particularly on the Pharisee and his perception of this woman who displayed such passion, emotion, and action toward our Savior.  “How could she?!” he thought.  It was because this woman knew she had been pardoned and forgiven.  Would he know why he himself had shown his Guest so little love?  It was because he felt under no obligation nor had any consciousness of having obtained forgiveness.  He felt he had no debt to Him.

The only way to make men holy is to teach and preach free and full forgiveness through Jesus Christ. The secret of being holy ourselves is to know and feel that Christ has pardoned our sins.  Peace with God is the only root that will bear the fruit of holiness.  Forgiveness must go before sanctification. Grace and peace are seen so very often in the Scripture.  Grace is the root of the Christian life. Peace is the fruit it produces it our life.  Without the peace, our conscience and adversaries will always seek to “separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus”.

Take a bath in God’s forgiveness today.  If you are a Christian and you have unconfessed sin, confess that sin today.   Agree with God about that sin, and recognize once again that He has already forgiven you and cleansed you from all unrighteousness.  Stop asking God to forgive you – He already has!  Convince yourself of that marvelous truth.  If you are not saved, you must come to Him for forgiveness and salvation.  Trust Him today.

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God led Ben and his family (wife, Wendy; and three children, Josh, Caleb, and Hannah) to Rockford, Illinois in 2003 to become the International Director of the fastest growing addiction ministry in the United States. Bro. Burks is now privileged to travel and train others how to help the addicted within their communities.

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